Bad Weather Ends Early Fourth of July Celebrations Even Earlier
With the threat of an impending storm, Fourth of July celebrations went on in Boston, with the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular taking place on the Esplanade a day ahead of schedule on Thursday, July 3.
Maestro Keith Lockhart led the Pops in the 41st edition of the annual celebration, which also featured performances by lead principals from The Phantom of the Opera and singer-actress Megan Hilty. In addition to the Pops’ patriotic sing-along, thousands of spectators along the Esplanade also joined in when The Boston Children’s Chorus performed their rendition of Frozen’s “Let It Go” and headliners The Beach Boys took to the Hatch Shell stage.
But at about 10 p.m., officials decided to make another change, and the fireworks exploded over the Charles River half an hour ahead of schedule, forcing the Boston Pops to skip their performance of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” a traditional crowd favorite.
After the elaborate fireworks display, State Police ordered people to evacuate the Esplanade at about 10:30 p.m. Still, people were caught in a torrential downpour as thunderstorms rolled in over Boston at about 10:45 p.m., and officials opened the Boston Common Garage and Hynes Convention Center as shelters for those running for cover.
Before the storm hit, we spent the evening over at the Community Boating boathouse, where their annual SAILabration offered people a riverfront view of the fireworks display: